Posts Categorized: Research News

Can we peek at Schrödinger’s cat without disturbing it?

Can we peek at Schrödinger’s cat without disturbing it?

Researchers describe a way of measuring a quantum system while keeping its superposition intact Quantum physics is difficult and explaining it even more so. Associate Professor Holger F. Hofmann from Hiroshima University and Kartik Patekar from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have tried to solve one of the biggest puzzles in quantum physics: how to… Read more

Math shows why animals see at night

Math shows why animals see at night

Original text by Margaux Phares, edited by Emma Buchet. Biological experiments confirm mathematical modeling of retina development in mice By combining mathematics with science, an interdisciplinary team at Hiroshima University (HU) found how changes in the shape of DNA structure affect the nuclei of nocturnal animals. Their findings could help explain how nocturnal animals, such… Read more

A Simpler Way to Choose the Sex of Offspring by Separating X and Y Sperm

A Simpler Way to Choose the Sex of Offspring by Separating X and Y Sperm

Original text by PLOS Biology Differential gene activity by the two sex chromosomes allows X-bearing sperm to be slowed down Both X sperm and Y sperm swim to oocyte for fertilization. The probability to bind and penetrate to oocyte is same; however, under the specific condition, the ration of X sperm and Y sperm to… Read more

The surprising merit of giant clam feces

The surprising merit of giant clam feces

Young giant clams get necessary symbiotic algae from the feces of their parents, updating the age-old adage: one clam’s trash is another clam’s treasure.   A HU student swims alongside the giant clam Tridacna gigas. Credit: Kazuhiko Koike/ Hiroshima University Researchers may have a solution, published in PLOS One, to a mystery of how giant clams… Read more

Tumor energy source found by scientists at Hiroshima University, University of Cincinnati and Keio University

Tumor energy source found by scientists at Hiroshima University, University of Cincinnati and Keio University

Original text by University of Cincinnati. Edited by Emma Buchet, Hiroshima University. UC researchers unlock cancer cells’ feeding mechanism, central to tumor growth The findings could lead to new treatments by blocking tumor growth at its roots. An international team led by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Japan’s Keio and Hiroshima universities has… Read more

Airborne particles can send our detox systems into overdrive

Airborne particles can send our detox systems into overdrive

An international team of scientists have observed a previously unclear inflammatory mechanism caused by airborne particles that can worsen asthma symptoms, it has been reported in Toxicological Sciences. As the world gets more and more industrialized, the risk of developing respiratory diseases increases. Very small particles released from industry and vehicle fumes are harmful to… Read more